Club rules

The rules are extracts from the Articles of Association and the Rules and By-laws. The main committee, on behalf of all members, charges the management with upholding the agreed rules and by-laws. It is incumbent upon all members to advise their guests of the following rules.

Dress Code

The purpose of the Dress Code is to promote the ethos of a formal Club.  It enables the atmosphere to be friendly and welcoming within a traditional framework. Members and their guests are expected to be dressed appropriately. To avoid embarrassment, Members should ensure that invited guests are made fully aware of the code.  A Member or guest not complying with the code may be asked to rectify the issue or to leave by the Secretary or a senior member of staff.

Gentlemen should wear a suit or jacket and tailored trousers together with collared shirt, tie, socks and shoes.

Ladies should aim to comply with the spirit of the code.  Reasonable guidelines are dresses, smart separates, suits, tailored trousers.  Footwear should be in keeping with a smart outfit.  Formal boots below the knee are acceptable.

The following are examples of dress that is unacceptable: leather clothing and polo-neck sweaters for men, and for all, casual wear, denim-type material, sportswear, t-shirts, shorts, leggings, training shoes and casual footwear.


The Dress Code does not apply when awaiting a bedroom, going directly to and from bedrooms, the cloakroom or the gymnasium.

The Dress Code is required, but a jacket and tie need not be worn, in the East India Room, the Business Centre, or at weekend breakfast.


Members are responsible for the observance by their guests of all rules and by-laws and for their conduct in general while they are in the club house. Guests are not permitted without the member being present in the club house.

Members are to ensure all guests are signed into the Guest Book located in the front hall.

Guests are not permitted to purchase food, alcohol or tobacco in the club house, all of which must be paid for by the hosting Member.

Members may have only one guest room booked at any one time and the maximum number of consecutive nights permissible for all room bookings is 21.

No unauthorised guest is permitted on the bedroom floors at any time.

Use of mobile phones and business papers

Mobile phones and all electronic devices are prohibited in the public rooms of the club house except for use ‘on silent’ in the East India Room or Library. Business papers are strictly prohibited in all public areas.

The Business Centre is available for impromptu meetings or business use and has facilities for email and internet access.

Public areas

Coats, hats (ladies excepted), umbrellas, briefcases, business papers or other articles are NOT permitted in the public rooms and must be deposited in the cloakroom or lockers and not left in the front hall.


The club shall not be responsible and accepts no liability for any item left within the club house. The club house operates a CCTV system for the security of the premises, it’s contents and all who use it.

Extracts from the Articles of Association, Rules and By-laws. A full copy is available from reception.